Rabun County- home to Clayton - County seat of local Government.

In Clayton and in county there is excellent lodging, dining and shopping. Year round recreation included hiking, rafting, hunting, golf, and horseback riding.

NATIONAL FOREST:  60% of the County land is dedicated to Chattahoochee National Forest. 

  • 1,000 foot deep, Tallulah Gorge State Park, (Tallulah Falls), 6 miles south of Clayton.  Park offers various walks and hikes around the gorge area, including stairs all the way down to the base of the gorge for another persepctive.  Also...check for spring and fall dates of planned water releases with the park staff, for white water opportunities or fun watching the dare devils! 
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park (Mountain City) offers three excellent trails ranging from .2 miles to 8 miles. Excellent overlooks. 
  • Moccasin Creek State Park (Western Rabun County just off U.S.76W) offers Hemlock Falls Trail on Moccasin Creek. Also a Wildlife Fishery on site at the park. 
  • Chattooga River, Cherokee for "rocky river".   50 miles of calm to roaring rapids through dense forest and undeveloped shorelines.  Several companies offer pro-guided rafting tours for families or daredevils.  Easy to "look out!"
  • Tallulah River.  5 miles of moderate white water and 2 miles on Lake Burton combine to make this a very scenic trip Class One through Three.


  • Bartram Trail. 37 miles in Georgia offering numerous overnight or day hikes.  3 Miles east of Clayton on Warwoman Road.  
  • Chattooga River Trail. U.S.76 and Chattooga River. 10 miles. Joins the Bartram Trail
  • Coleman River Trail.  West of Clayton off Persimmon Road.  Easy but scenic 1.5 mile hike into Coleman Scenic River area.   


  • The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (in Rabun Gap, off Betty's Creek) 
  • Foxfire Museum (Mountain City) learn about the Southern Appalachian early days and ways.